The Principal's Pen Parent Edition 1 - November 2019


We have changed the dates for interims to be a little earlier so you will know where your child stands before Parent-Teacher Conferences. We are planning on sending interim reports home on Monday, November 25, 2019. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in the Gym on Monday December 2, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Our Vision

To be a model community school that produces engaged and thriving citizens.

Our Mission

Focus on more than academics, by creating engaged citizens, promoting community pride, and developing essential workforce skills.


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We have partnered with Oakes Test Prep to provide free SAT prep classes for any ACHS Junior who would like the help. Contact your child's counselor to see if space is still available. 


Congratulations to all of our student representatives on the 2019 Homecoming Court!



The ACHS golf team finished fourth in the district and sixth in the region this year. We had great leadership and results from our seniors and a promising future is in store for our two freshmen Brice Reichard and Anthony Souza. Some of the highlights of the year include a win at Bedford Country Club against Liberty, Brookville, and Heritage, a two under par round for our number one seed Logan Beach, and reducing our 18 hole total score by twenty shots from the beginning of the season to the end. A big thanks to Winton Farm for hosting the tournaments and practice this year, and also the support of the Lancer community. Finally, I would like to thank my three seniors, Logan Beach, Carson Peters, and Cameron Cash, on a great senior year and wish them luck for their future. ~Coach Martin


The Amherst Lancers Volleyball Team battled throughout the season. They won several sets and matches against some great teams. Highlights included defeating Nelson, Appomattox, Brookville and LCA. The volleyball team finished the season with a record of 9-11 and seeded fourth in the Region. The team rose to the occasion several times throughout the season and had some amazing play. Thanks for all the support this year!! Way to go Lancers! ~Coach Fielder


This cheer season has been amazing! We had a great group of girls who worked well together. We bonded through fundraisers, dinners, and various activities throughout the season. Coach T, Coach Nikki, and I look forward to what the future holds for ACHS Cheer. Go Lancers! ~Coach Glaize


The 2019-2020 Amherst County Cross Country season was nothing less than memorable. We had athletes consistently setting personal records, some amazing accomplishments by our freshmen, and a solid season by our graduating seniors. We battled record-setting temperatures that upset our early season practice but our ladies were able to finish 6th in the Seminole District while our gentlemen finished 5th. We are looking for great things as Amherst’s DRs move on to bigger things and indoor track. ~Coach Lockhart

For a schedule of athletic events, visit amherstlancers.org or click here.


Amherst Theatre (the ACHS theatre troupe) had competition Saturday, October 26 at Jefferson Forest High School for VHSL and another performance at ACHS on October 29. Our theatre students placed second and will be moving on to REGIONALS! Amherst Theatre performed in Norfolk, Virginia for a statewide competition at the annual VTA (Virginia Theatre Association) and out of approximately 45 schools they received 3rd place (they called it 2nd runner up - but its 3rd place). The students had a great time and represented AMHERST well! It's an incredible honor and it put us on the map! Thank you for all your support along the way. These talented and well-behaved students exhibited great sportsmanship...these students cheered for everyone and appreciated all the shows they watched! The show they performed was David Campton’s “Us and Them”. It’s a complex production that tackles the antagonist nature that humankind struggles with daily! Congratulations to Mrs. Emmert and her students for such an awesome job!

Support the Lady Lancers Softball Team and purchase a poinsettia!

The softball team is selling poinsettias! We have 5 colors to choose from: red, white, pink, jingle bell, and marble. They are $12 each. Please email sthacker@amherst.k12.va.us for any interest or see a softball player. Thank you to all those who have already bought! We appreciate your support!

We need YOU! The mission of the ACHS PTO is to enhance and support the educational experience at Amherst County High School, to encourage parent involvement, to develop a closer connection between school and student, and to improve school culture. Email us at achspto@gmail.com to find out how YOU can make a difference!

The next ACHS PTO meeting will be December 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. Come to Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and then stay to meet us!

Dress ReSale: Start cleaning out your closets and get ready to shop because the ACHS PTO will be doing a Prom Dress Resale again this year! More info to come soon!

The PTO will be hosting a faculty & staff appreciation lunch in December. Please email achspto@gmail.com to sign up to volunteer or provide a dessert.


The Virginia High School League has recognized the Amherst County High School Amethyst for its outstanding achievement in quality publications service to its school and community and awarded the 2019 Amethyst the rating of First Class. Congratulations to the staff members who worked to produce a top quality publication for our ACHS community!


Information has been given to seniors about senior tribute ads in the yearbook. Space is guaranteed if purchased by November 15, 2019. If interested in purchasing an ad, have your child see a member of the yearbook staff for more information. Prices range from $35 - $270. After November 15, ads will be sold based on available space.


Limited quantities of old yearbooks are currently on sale. 2019: $60; 2018: $40; 2005-2017: $25 Buy two books and get a third yearbook of equal or lesser value FREE. Order forms are available in room 218.


The online yearbook store is open if you would like to purchase a copy of the 2020 Amethyst with a credit card or debit card. Simply click here and you will be directed to the online store. Yearbooks will also be sold again at school on December 2 and December 3 during lunch for those who wish to pay by check or cash.



Students who receive special education (IEP or 504) services can request accommodations for College Board Tests (PSAT, SAT, & AP Exams) and the ACT. Please contact Erin Begley (ebegley@amherst.k12.va.us) for information.

Ring Dance - November 16, 2019




Dr. Brown's Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts: Building a culture of positivity. Negativity can physically and emotionally drain adults and students. I want to encourage everyone reading this to approach every situation with a positive outlook, even if you have an issue or concern. I promise you we are all here to help our students and we want to make things better. We will do amazing things for our kids if we work together and stay positive.

Before students came back to school this year, my entire staff and I sat down and had a serious conversation about the values that we wanted to commit to exhibiting consistently for our parents, students, and each other. I am sharing the values that we all agreed upon, along with our mission, vision, and goals so that you can hold us accountable. We want to be about action here at ACHS, not lip-service! We are determined to be INTENTIONALLY EXCELLENT!

  • Vision: To be a model community school that produces engaged and thriving citizens.
  • Mission: Focus on more than academics, by creating engaged citizens, promoting community pride, and developing essential workforce skills.
  • Values: Professionalism, Respect, Consistency, Positive Attitude

Intentional Excellence, Embrace Change

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Derrick Brown


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